Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. ~ Indian proverb
Storytelling is the glue that bonds us together as human beings. It’s how we navigate the world and how we pass along our culture from generation to generation. We literally could not survive without them. That’s why we crave stories.
Rock and Roll Zen is built upon three great passions in my life; music, guitars and telling stories.
I believe everyone wants to rock and roll and everyone is a story waiting to be told. Some maybe just haven’t figured out how to tell it…yet.
This blog is dedicated to helping you unearth your own unique rock and roll story and providing the tools and inspiration you need to shine your brightest light and make this crazy world rock just a little bit harder.
Why Rock and Roll Zen?
Rock and roll is a state of mind. A way of life. A path one chooses. It’s an attitude. Rock and roll is primal, elemental.
Zen is also a path; a school of thought that asserts that one can obtain enlightenment through meditation and self contemplation. Where Zen is lived within, Rock and Roll is lived outwardly. Yet both are about simplifying life down to the essence of all things.
Like Zen, the desire to rock and roll is to live by a certain set of principles; some you can practice and potentially attain mastery through and others that have more to do with who you are deep down.
Rock and roll is a stance one takes (whatever the creative endeavor you choose). It’s a commitment to step out there on that big stage of life and let it all hang out. It’s having the courage to hold up your middle finger to the world and say Fuck You! to conformity and all who would tell you what you can and can’t do.
Now For The Harsh Part
“God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let’s face it, it takes real balls if you want to rock and roll in life. And not everyone has them. Or maybe they’re just not big enough. Rock and roll is about iconoclasm; about standing out, not fitting in.
It takes courage to have an opinion or a style and stand firmly for what you believe in even if it pisses some people off. In fact, if you’re not pissing someone off, chances are you’re just playing to the middle and there ain’t no life there. It’s just shades of beige. And ladies and gentlemen, beige does not rock.
Here’s The Good News
Not everyone was meant to stand out there on that big stage under the harsh light of scrutiny and play the starring role. That’s OK. (Here’s where the Zen part comes in.) You are still perfectly you. And therefore, there’s a perfect place where you belong. You just have to find it.
Someone still needs to create the show around the main act. Maybe that’s you. Someone else needs to build that stage. Who’s going to promote the show and sell tickets? Watch over the receipts? Cook the food for the band? Serve the food? Grow the food? Who’s going to drive the bus? You get the point. It takes a village to grow an idea.
We’re all searching for something deep down; that hidden place within that holds the key, that tiny spark of creation unique to each and every one of us that we know we’re supposed to share with the world…our passion. Our purpose. Our story.
It is my sincere desire that through this blog and the sometimes crazy rock and roll stories I will share with you, along with some cool products and services I will be offering to you from time to time, that I will inspire you to unearth your own unique rock and roll story and deliver the soundtrack to your personal brand.
I want to give you the tools and the courage you need to go out there, stand on that big stage of life and rock the world!
So are you ready to rock?!! Then let’s do this.
What’s the one thing that scares you most about taking that first step onto that big stage and rocking your story? I would love to hear your comments.
Rock your story!